Paul's Mystery Ride 30th September 2017

Posted by Paul Smith on 2017-10-01

The mystery tour attracted 8 riders at the start including the navigator. John H, Peter B, Steve and Mark L, Roly, Alec and Richard H. Setting off promptly at 10:00 O'Clock as a few people wished to be back by 17:00 p.m. The ride started with a gentle climb to Bullamoor and a lumpy ride along High Lane to Borrowby. Then across to Upsall where one rider decided it was going to be a little too uncomfortable to continue with the group. A total of 7 on the ride now. A nervous leg as we approached Boltby Village, for some, as the thought of Boltby Bank could have been too much. Managed not to lose any riders as we turned to Thirlby and then followed the cycle route to Coxwold. One of the group dropped off in Coxwold to get back to watch his team play rugby. So then there were six. Another short encounter with the uncomfortable cyclist before the group turned along the quiet lane  of Colley Broach road and up Yearsley Moor Bank before turning onto the ridge road towards the tea stop village of Terrington. Along the ridge road we stopped to view the maze of Troy and see the vistas on either side of the ridge. With the N Y Moors away to the left and the Vale of York to the right it is a spectacular ridge on a clear day, as it was today. The tea room was offering home made cakes as part of the McMillan Cancer morning, so a few indulged in rather large portions but no one took up the offer of a charity head shave. We did watch the odd local receive a full head shave in the shearing pen. Slight retrace then an undulating little ride between the villages of Scackleton, Coulton and West Gilling and a quiet lane through Ampleforth College (Except for the shouts of the tutors teaching rugby) to Ampleforth Village and on to Byland Abbey. A brief stop in Byland Abbey where the builders were having a day off, although the new scaffolding was in place for their return. At Kilburn two more cyclist pushed on to try to get home before the rain started. Then there were four. Through Bagby and Sowerby onto Thirsk and across through the park to Knayton (capes on at this stage as it began to drizzle) then back to Brompton. Four arrived back in different states of exhaustion promising to reflect on the route after a rest. Some experienced a few new roads and a tea room not yet on their list. The mileage was a little short at 69, but no complaints as everyone was back before 17:00 p.m. 

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